The Kings are number one in defense in the NHL but the Blackhawks breezed by with three goals in the first period.
The Kings were still able to kill two out of three penalties but ended their three game consecutive streak of scoring on the power play as they couldn’t take advantage of three man-advantages.
Prior to tonight, the Kings had six consecutive wins (second highest in the club), hadn’t allowed a single first period goal in their last 18 games (longest streak in the NHL), and had allowed two goals or less in those 18 games.
The second period was scoreless but in the third period Alec Martinez got the only goal for the Kings at 16:06 assisted by Matt Greene and Jordan Nolan. This was Greene’s first game since he was activated from the injured reserve after missing 18 games due to an undisclosed injury.
Goaltender Ben Scrivens was in net for the Kings tonight. He hadn’t played the last five games but managed to save 37 of the 40 shots he faced, even though he didn’t get much help defensively and offensively. Scrivens has 1.66 Goals Against Average, .941 Save Percentage and three shutouts.
Taking over three Eastern Canadian teams, the Kings were 3-1-0 on the road trip, gaining six of possible eight points.
The Kings club record now is 22-8-4, with 48 points, putting them second in the Pacific Division, and third in the Western Conference and League.
The Kings return home to STAPLES Center on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. to take on the Edmonton Oilers.
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